Hello and welcome to the ECU Cavalier School of Fencing, Western Australia’s largest and longest running fencing club.
If you are interested in getting into fencing, please look through the menu above and the calendar on the right. Hopefully you will find a lot of useful information about fencing and our club.
We hope to see you at the next session!
Regular fencing commences 28/1/2017
6.30 – 9.30 pm Club Session
7.30 – 9.30 pm Beginners (13yrs+) (Only when a course is being run)
6.00 – 8.30 pm Bouting only
From January 28 through to December
Please email our secretary for more club information: firstname.lastname@example.org
ECU Cavalier School of Fencing
PO Box 815
Mount Lawley WA 6929
Edith Cowan University
Mt Lawley Sport and Fitness Centre (Building 21)
Cnr Learoyd and Woodsome St, Mount Lawley
The venue boasts a non-slip high-tech floor surface, excellent lighting, a fitness centre, change room facilities and an undercover car park. If you want to find out more about what is offered by the Mt Lawley Sport and Fitness Centre, visit http://www.ecu.edu.au/fas/sport/
The fitness centre’s normal closing time on the weekend is 2pm. The front doors will close at this time. By special arrangement, fencers have access to the sports hall via the lift in the undercover car park.
Welcome to the Sport of Fencing
Fencing has its origins as far back as 2000BC in Upper Egypt to the present day sport which has been included in every modern Olympic Games since the first in 1896.
Our goal is to introduce you to a sport which has evolved through the centuries passing through the era of chivalry to the very exciting and athletic sport of today. It can be as physically demanding as any high speed sport yet psychologically subtle as you test, tease and lure your opponent into a situation you can control.
The ECU Cavalier School of Fencing
The ECU Cavalier School of Fencing is Western Australia’s largest and oldest established Fencing Club.
From a humble beginning in the Young Australia League building in Perth in 1955 the Club has progressed through many venues up until its present home and is still run solely by the members on a volunteer basis.
The Club teaches a modern style of fencing in line with national and international practices.
Our Club aims to promote high standards of fencing following national standards of safety.
Whether you wish to enjoy the security of social fencing or whether you feel that competitive fencing is the way for you, you will feel comfortable within the friendly atmosphere of our Club.
The ECU Cavalier School of Fencing is affiliated to the Western Australian Fencing Association (Fencing WA). This allows our fencers to access state and interstate tournaments and to take advantage of the experience and tuition from visiting overseas coaches.
Our history from 1955 to 2015 has been detailed in a booklet that was presented at the 60th Anniversary Ball and is available from the club secretary for viewing.
The 2017 Committee
President – Sven Hein
Vice-President – Llewlyn Foley
Secretary – Kathy Ruffo
Registrar – VACANT
Treasurer – Damian Kneale
Coaching Coordinator –
WAFA Representatives – Seymour Wolfinger
Equipment Officer – Drew Foley
Assistant Armourer – Brett Criddle
Armourer – Perry Ruffo
Social Officer – Dylan Devenish
Tournament Officer – Steve Gregg
Web page Manager – Andrew Kwan
Bladez Coordinators – VACANT
Member Protection Office – Toby Hodgson
The sport is regulated in such a way that the level of safety to which fencers are exposed compares well to other sports. Your affiliation to Fencing WA includes an insurance cover. At ECU Cavalier School of Fencing we cater for both male and female members ranging in age from 9 to 80+.
Age Group: 9 – 12 years old
This group provides a short session of solid skills interspersed with fun.
Age Group: 13 years and over
Beginners will start their fencing with a well-structured seven-week course which will be included in the Club membership.
An enthusiastic team of voluntary club coaches will lead the group through the vital basic concepts and introduce you to the three weapons. Comprehensive course notes will be included in the cost.
After you have completed a Beginner’s Course we don’t simply throw you in at the deep end and expect you to know everything. For each weapon there is a Transition Course that will give you greater depth of information and skill to assist you to start the journey that is learning to fence.
These courses are included in your membership fees and, unlike the Beginner’s Course, they only run for part of each training session so you will still get to train and socialise with the rest of the club.
If you complete a Transition Course for one weapon we still recommended that you complete the Transition Course for any other weapons you want to learn at a later stage. Transition courses will commence at the end of each Beginner’s Course so you will never have to wait too long to try your next weapon.
Age Group: Open
Experienced visiting coaches will join the club team to take the weapon-specific skills groups for our club sessions. Many fencers at ECU Cavalier School of Fencing participate at a national level of competition.
The development/competition session is available to Cavaliers members only, and is focussed on fitness and fencing skills of members who want to take on the serious competitive side fencing. Anyone can join in this session but be aware this is not for the faint hearted. The coaches that run this session expect you to be dedicated to your training and you need to demonstrate the standards set down by the coaches.
All club coaches have a minimum qualification of Level One (National Accreditation) or working towards their level one. The club encourages young coaches by supporting ongoing qualification updates. Most of our club coaches are volunteers that have state and national level competition experience. We also have coaches with international qualifications and competition experience.
Cavaliers has a number of members qualified at state and national level as referees. If you are interested in becoming a referee please talk to one of the coaches or committee members.
Clothing and Equipment
Available from interstate and overseas suppliers.
Occasional second-hand available.